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A+
Overall Niche Grade
How are grades calculated?
  1. Academics
    A+
  2. Diversity
    C+
  3. Teachers
    A
  4. College Prep
    A
  5. Clubs & Activities
    A+
  6. Sports
    A
Address
1 Community School Drive
Sun Valley, ID 83353
Telephone
(208) 622-3955

Applying

Application Deadline
February 25
Application Fee
$0
Interview Required
Yes
Required/Recommended Tests
ISEE, SSAT, TOEFL

Tuition

Yearly Tuition
$31,250
Tuition is for the highest grade offered and may have changed for the current school year. For more information, please contact the school.
Received Financial Aid
27%
Average Financial Aid
$13,085
From Sun Valley Community School

Community School is a pre-kindergarten through twelfth grade day and boarding school in Sun Valley, Idaho. Signature programs in the Upper School include Sun Valley Ski Academy, Outdoor Leadership Academy, and Creative Arts Academy.

Across three divisions, Community School students are known and challenged by an inspiring faculty to think critically in a collaborative, close-knit community. Our graduates walk out into the world with confidence earned through academic and outdoor endeavors that contribute to an authentic sense of self, embodying our motto: "From Here . . . Anywhere."

Sun Valley Community School Rankings

Niche ranks nearly 100,000 schools and districts based on statistics and millions of opinions from students and parents.

Academics

Average Graduation Rate
Average SAT
1290
58 responses
Average ACT
29
21 responses

Culture & Safety

Poll
100%
of students agree that they feel safe at their school.7 responses
Poll
100%
of students agree that they like their school and feel happy there.7 responses
Poll
What are your favorite school events or traditions?
Based on 16 responses
Report
  • Fall Campout
    31%
  • All of the outdoor trips
    25%
  • Powder Day
    25%
  • Homecoming
    6%
  • School Trips
    6%
  • Spirit Week
    6%

    Students

    Diversity
    C+
    Based on racial and economic diversity and survey responses on school culture and diversity from students and parents.
    Students
    380
    63%
    of students and parents agree that students at this school are competitive.8 responses
    88%
    of students and parents agree that students at this school are creative and artsy.8 responses
    100%
    of students and parents agree that students at this school are athletic.8 responses

    Teachers

    Student-Teacher Ratio
    6:1
    National
    17:1
    Poll
    100%
    of students and parents agree that the teachers give engaging lessons.8 responses
    Poll
    100%
    of students and parents agree that the teachers genuinely care about the students.8 responses
    Poll
    100%
    of students and parents agree that the teachers adequately lead and control the classroom.8 responses

    Clubs & Activities

    Clubs & Activities
    A+
    Based on student and parent reviews of clubs and activities.
    Girls Athletic Participation
    Boys Athletic Participation
    88%
    of students and parents agree that there are plenty of clubs and organizations for students to get involved in.8 responses
    100%
    of students and parents agree that clubs and organizations get the funding they need.8 responses
    100%
    of students and parents agree that lots of students participate in clubs and organizations.8 responses
    Living in the Area
    B+
    Overall Niche Grade
    How are grades calculated?
    1. Cost of Living
      D+
    2. Good for Families
      B+
    3. Housing
      C+
    Area Feel
    Dense Suburban
    Median Household Income
    $59,783
    National
    $55,322
    Median Rent
    $1,234
    National
    $949
    Median Home Value
    $904,900
    National
    $184,700

    Sun Valley Community School Reviews

    28 reviews
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    Oh, Sun Valley Community School--you had opportunity to be so much more! Instead of opening your windows to the world and admitting students for the diverse international and cultural perspectives they would bring--the hallmark of an excellent, well-rounded education--you narrowed your focus to being a ski academy for (mainly) privileged white kids. The result? A homogenous student body that simply does not know how to be welcoming of--or curious about-- kids from diverse backgrounds. (The few kids who have attended that are from diverse backgrounds confirm this is the case.) I gave school 4 stars because of extraordinary teacher quality and outdoor program. But there's a big missing piece to a $30,000 SVCS education--and it's glaring.
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    I'm a graduate of Sun Valley Community School ('98) and a current parent of two students. Not only was my experience there out of this world in terms of academic preparation, but it's gotten even better and my kids are reaping the benefits. The extracurriculars I loved so much as a student there—the Outdoor Program, athletics (always contenders for state champs in soccer), the arts, and community service—are not only still going strong, but each program has actually improved with time, expertise, and very thoughtful, intentional decision making on the school's part. The faculty is just as committed and engaging as ever, and no matter the division (elementary, middle or upper), the education is among the best you'll find in the country.
    I am a parent at Sun Valley Community School and a big believer in experiential education, the value of diversity, the importance of being in the outdoors, and the value of excellent teachers. Sun Valley Community School is an amazing environment for day and boarding students. As far as diversity goes, the school is in a pretty homogenous community, and yes, it's an independent school so it has to generate revenue to run its highly distinctive and excellent programs. That said, the school actively pursues students of diverse backgrounds and provides a large amount of funding to ensure that the student body can reflect the make up of the community. Is it a perfect reflection? No, but the school is working hard to make the education available to those who might not otherwise be able to afford it and to ensure diversity in its student body, in its faculty and staff, and in the experience.